Series Preview: Colorado Rockies

Tonight, the Marlins begin a four-game set against the Colorado Rockies, our expansion partner.

Colorado Rockies (50-41) vs. Florida Marlins, July 19-22, Games 92-95

NL East Standings

Tm W L Win% GB
ATL 54 38 .587
NYM 49 43 .533 5.0
PHI 48 43 .527 5.5
FLA 44 47 .484 9.5
WSN 40 52 .435 14.0

Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Five-year Run PF*: 0.99
Five-year HR PF*: 0.97
Stadium Dimensions:
Left Field: 330 ft.
Left-Center: 361
Center Field: 404
Right-Center: 361
Right Field: 345

*Five-year regressed park factors provided by Patriot here

Projected Pitching Matchups

July 19: Anibal Sanchez vs. Ubaldo Jimenez
July 20: Nate Robertson vs. Jeff Francis
July 21: Ricky Nolasco vs. Jason Hammel
July 22: Josh Johnson vs. Jorge de la Rosa

ZiPS In-Season Projections

FIP Proj. FIP Win% Marlins Date Dodgers Win% Proj. FIP FIP
3.47 3.74 .547 Sanchez July 19 Jimenez .575 3.51 3.13
4,66 4.34 .479 Robertson July 20 Francis .523 3.94 3.66
4.22 3.67 .555 Nolasco July 21 Hammel .537 3.82 3.50
2.24 2.70 .681 Johnson July 22 de la Rosa .489 4.24 5.30

Projected Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA v. RHP Proj. wOBA v. LHP
1 Chris Coghlan .317 .346 .320
2 Gaby Sanchez .367 .348 .372
3 Hanley Ramirez .373 .396 .412
4 Jorge Cantu .316 .322 .339
5 Dan Uggla .368 .355 .367
6 Cody Ross .331 .332 .366
7 Ronny Paulino .314 .306 .341
8 Mike Stanton .309

Notes

- As you can see by the Rockies’ rotation, this team is built around its pitching, something that sounds odd considering they play half of their games at Coors Field. Nevertheless, the Marlins will have to contend with what is one of the top three rotations in the National League, led by Ubaldo Jimenez, the NL’s All-Star starter this season.

- The team is an offensive slump, which does not bode well given the staff they’ll be facing.

- Chris Coghlan might actually miss this series with a bad back, but I put him on the lineup list anyway. If he misses time, expect Emilio Bonifacio (I know, I know) to take his place in the lineup. I would say there is also a pretty good chance Bonifacio will lead off, sadly.

Bold Prediction: Marlins win two out of four games.

Topics: Chris Coghlan, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, Ubaldo Jimenez

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